He was sitting on His throne with a great multitude of angels praising and worshipping Him. Our perfect God was in His perfect place. There He was honored and adored yet He gave it up to come to a dirty filthy place where He would be despised and rejected. He went from receiving His due glory to receiving the worst kinds of physical and verbal abuse imaginable. Why would a God do such a thing? Love.
By coming into our world and dying, Jesus made a way for our dirty, sinful spirits, to be made pure and clean. And while this is a free gift because we did nothing to deserve it, it costs a lot. It cost Jesus His life. If we want what He offers it will cost us our lives. Luke 9:23 “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
If we will humble ourselves and come down off our thrones, and put ourselves in position to be despised and rejected like He was, we will be share in His glory. If we think we can believe that Jesus is the Son of God yet continue to rule our lives and be saved we are deceived. There is only one way to have eternal life and that is to personally know God like Jesus knows Him.
Jesus did not come to earth and live for Him. He lived here for God. He did it to bring His father glory. John 17:3-5 “And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” We live to bring God glory. We bring God glory by completing the work God gave us to do.
We were not put on this earth to go where we want to go, see what we want to see, and experience what we want to experience. We were created for God. God’s will is for everyone that believes in Him to be saved. It is the message that Jesus brought with Him and it is the message that Jesus’s followers must share. A true follower of Jesus Christ cannot help but share this message everywhere they go because the Spirit prompts it. If we know God we will not desire the things of this world but will desire what His Spirit desires because His Spirit leads us. 1 John 2:17 “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
Humble yourself before God. Ask Him to have His way in your life. Plead with Him to change your heart. God said that David was a man after His own heart because he would do whatever God wanted him to do. How did David surrender to God? I can only imagine how many tears fell to the ground as he said this...
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart. You, God, will not despise.”